Over the past twelve months, the cost of living in Queensland has grown higher and higher, putting incredible pressure on Queenslanders, particularly those on low incomes. In 2022, QCOSS’ Living Affordability Report found that of six model households, five were unable to afford a basic standard of living. All were in housing stress, spending more than 30 per cent of their income on housing.
This data has been supported by dire stories from our community services. Increasingly, services are handing out swags and tents, or paying for car registrations and repairs for Queenslanders unable to secure housing. Working families are requesting emergency relief, including food packages, and increasingly taking additional jobs to be able to afford the basics.
In this environment, the relief announced in the 2023 Queensland Budget was welcome and will help Queenslanders struggling with the cost of living. The $1.48 billion package for electricity bill support, together with historic investment in generation and storage of renewable energy, are short- and long-term measures to support the transition to a decarbonised economy. QCOSS welcomes the Government’s investment in energy efficiency measures, as a commitment to both reducing household costs and reducing emissions.